Paradise Built in Hell The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster

ISBN-10: 0143118072
ISBN-13: 9780143118077
Edition: 2010
Authors: Rebecca Solnit
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List price: $22.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/31/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

"The freshest, deepest, most optimistic account of human nature I've come across in years." -Bill McKibben The most startling thing about disasters, according to award-winning author Rebecca Solnit, is not merely that so many people rise to the occasion, but that they do so with joy. That joy reveals an ordinarily unmet yearning for community, purposefulness, and meaningful work that disaster often provides. A Paradise Built in Hellis an investigation of the moments of altruism, resourcefulness, and generosity that arise amid disaster's grief and disruption and considers their implications for everyday life. It points to a new vision of what society could become-one that is less authoritarian and fearful, more collaborative and local.

Rebecca Solnit writes extensively on photography and landscape. She is a contributing editor to Art Issues and Creative Camera and is the author of three books. She has contributed essays to several museum catalogues including Crimes and Splendors: The Desert Cantos of Richard Misrach and the Whitney Museum's Beat Culture and the New America. She was a 1993 recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.

Prelude: Falling Together
A Millennial Good Fellowship: The San Francisco Earthquake
The Mizpah Caf�
Pauline Jacobson's Joy
General Funston's Fear
William James's Moral Equivalents
Dorothy Day's Other Loves
Halifax to Hollywood: The Great Debate
A Tale of Two Princes: The Halifax Explosion and After
From the Blitz and the Bomb to Vietnam
Hobbes in Hollywood, or the Few Versus the Many
Carnival And Revolution: Mexico City's Earthquake
Power from Below
Losing the Mandate of Heaven
Standing on Top of Golden Hours
The City Transfigured: New York In Grief And Glory
Mutual Aid in the Marketplace
The Need to Help
Nine Hundred and Eleven Questions
New Orleans: Common Grounds and Killers
What Difference Would It Make?
Murderers
Love and Lifeboats
Beloved Community
Epilogue: The Doorway in the Ruins
Gratitude
Notes
Index

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